My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in December. It is hands down the most reasonably priced hotel on The Magnificent Mile! Parking fees are reasonable as well. I spent a very long time researching many hotels in the area so am confident in saying the fees are reasonable! After debating on whether to reserve the King Deluxe or Standard, we decided on the King Deluxe and were very happy we did. The views of the lake, Grant Park, and Museum Campus are amazing, the king size bed was very comfortable, and the room was very clean!! Lucky for us, Chicago was experiencing some mild temperature winter days during our stay, so walking to Museum Campus and back to the hotel on multiple days was enjoyable, and well worth not paying a taxi or paying to park our car at one of the museums! The staff at Essex Inn are also extremely friendly and helpful!
The biggest downside was the small bathroom, but we managed just fine. The sink is literally not much bigger than your hand, and I imagine it would be difficult for a bigger person to move around comfortably in it. Some people might also consider the lack of a restaurant in the hotel to be a downside, but there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, so we didn't consider this a big deal at all. The water temperature of the pool was luke warm, but again not so much of a big deal to us. The only other minor negatives that I can think of would be hearing other hotel room doors slam, and a slow elevator at times.
Overall, highly recommended if your budget conscious and want to stay on The Magnificent Mile! Pay the extra money and stay in the King Deluxe, walk as much as possible to your destination to save on transportation or parking fees, and enjoy your experience in The Windy City!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago's Essex Inn is a hotel in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile that combines breathtaking panoramas of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting promotional packages that incorporate famed attractions and events in Chicago. From our steel and glass lobby to contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
- Chicagos Essex Hotel
- Essex Inn Chicago
- Hotel Chicagos Essex